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Many people are tired of having hair that is all one length opt for layered haircuts that give a more dramatic, stylish effect. True, hair that is all one length can easily be pulled back into a ponytail if it is long, or coaxed into a bob if it is short, but layered haircuts give the hair volume and can be fun for style experimentation.

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Layered haircuts can be confined to bangs, or can have "fringes" throughout. Some prefer spiky, funky layered haircuts, and others like classy French layers that accent the face. Whatever layered haircuts you choose, it is a good idea to look for styles you want in magazines before you make your decision, since it is hard to get alter layered haircuts once they have been created.

The most familiar layered haircuts include bangs. Many people with medium to long hair are faced with the decision to create bangs or to leave their hair all one length. The advantage to having bangs is that they tend to accentuate the eyes and can be quite stylish. However, once you have bangs, it is difficult to get rid of them, so many people think with care before choosing bangs. Once you have bangs, you can curl them under with them curling iron or straighten them with a flat iron. Bangs can be thick or wispy, depending on your mood and the look you want to create.

Popular short, layered haircuts have a shaggy look. Many people choose these stylish, short layered haircuts because they involve less maintenance than sleek do's. Judging from magazine covers and the hair models sport on the runway, the "Just-got-out-of-bed" look can be quite chic (at least if it is created intentionally). A good mousse is the secret ingredient to these dramatic styles.

For a great "shaggy" do:

  • Shampoo and condition hair. But the shaggy do is created more easily on hair that is not freshly washed. Go easy on the conditioner, and try washing your hair the day before a big event
  • Use a mousse that has a strong hold or a sculpting gel. Shape hair any way you wish, and you might want to use a pick for a more spiky look.
  • Blow dry and shape your hair using your fingers rather than a brush
  • Hold your shaggy style with a good quality hair spray

Many people opt for layered haircuts as a way of making frosted or highlighted looks more dramatic. The top of the layers are given blond effects, while the lower areas are allowed to remain their natural color. Some prefer a rather bold look using layers for a spiky look and dyeing the edges in colors like purple or blue. This look isn't for everyone, but if you like to stand out from the crowd, start with layers and lay on the dye (of course, there are always temporary dyes you can wash out if you want a wild look for one night).

Although many layered haircuts can look quite spiky and bold, other layered haircuts create the opposite effect, and can be rather feminine. If you prefer a softer look that brings out the eyes and the curves of the face, try a French layered look, with soft bangs of medium thickness and layers that curve toward the face. Important tools needed for soft, layered haircuts include:

  • A curling iron, wide or narrow barrelled, depending on the look you want
  • Mousse
  • A soft, round brush
  • A gentle conditioner
  • A good hairspray

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Use a good mousse before you blow dry your hair, and coax your hair into the shape you want with a round brush. Follow by creating soft curls with a curling iron, or allow the mousse and the round brush to create your style before spraying it. Try coaxing your hair in different directions for an extra wavy look.


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